The Havana shopping experience is unique. Travel beyond your hotel and let the streets of this city surprise you.
Harris Brothers Department Store in Old Havana has 3 levels and sells food, drinks, deli items as well as clothing and furniture.
There are original paintings, exquisite silver jewellery and fine woodwork at market stalls and in hotel shops.
The largest market is La Feria de Artesania in Old Havana
Also known as Feria San Jose, it was moved to a waterfront warehouse so that it is now larger and cooler. You can find hidden treasures among the kitschy tourist ashtrays and ceramics.
Although bargaining is acceptable, the very low prices mean that artists are struggling. Keep this in mind and haggle in moderation.
There are bargains galore, such as detailed replicas of some of Havana's architectural wonders that can be boxed for carrying home.
Open 10am - 6pm
Look for second-hand book dealers in Old Havana at outdoor kiosks. The climate has been hard on the older books and magazines, and the subject matter is controlled. However, you can find rare baseball or fashion magazines from the 20th century which have survived intact.
Cuba is famous for its fine rum and superb cigars. You can buy them for a fraction of the cost charged anywhere else.
And don't forget about the quality arts and crafts to be found in street markets and galleries in Havana.
Obispo Street, running through Old Havana towards the Capitolio, is the most important tourist shopping thoroughfare. Boasting cafes, galleries, craft stalls, bookstores and snacks, you can find it all on Obispo.
Obispo ends near Parque Central. Cross through and you will see the grand Hotel Inglaterra. On either side begin two of the most interesting shopping experiences in the City:
Keep your receipts
Always remember to keep your receipts when buying souvenirs or artwork. Cuban customs can confiscate your crafts or even your cigars if you do not present them with proof of purchase. Remember that antique books about Cuba can be included in this category. It is a hit-and-miss game but you don't want to be the unlucky one who loses their treasure at the airport security.
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